Major Event Volunteer Fund

This Sport England fund focuses on supporting volunteering and ensuring that those who give their time to support major events can continue to gain from the benefits we know volunteering can provide.

Sport England wants to help national governing bodies, event hosts and other organisations make it easier and more attractive for volunteers to continue their volunteering experience in sport at a community level.

The Major Event Volunteer Fund is open to organisations who want to pilot ways to overcome the barriers deterring major event volunteers from transitioning to grassroots volunteering.

With 70% of grassroot organisations reporting a need for more volunteers, Sport England commissioned Goodform to research into major event volunteers to understand more about them and if there's an opportunity to support them to continue their volunteering in sport at a local level.

The research showed that despite really positive experiences, and with 35% of major event volunteers interested in doing more volunteering after the event, the reality is that only a small proportion go on to give their time at a local community level.

Sport England know that moving from a major event volunteering role to supporting sport in the local community is hard, and not for everyone.

Key eligibility criteria

However, insight from the research suggests that with increased awareness of local opportunities and a tailoring of these opportunities to the needs of those who may be interested, there's a cohort of major event volunteers who could be encouraged to get involved in grassroots volunteering, if the right support was in place.

Below you can read the full report from Goodform, or just the executive summary, as well as the Sport England guide to Developing a Major Event Legacy and Sport England's Investment Guide.

The funding is available to national governing body or organisation hosting the major event that can demonstrate that they’ve a clear plan to support their major event volunteers and have identified appropriate steps which will maximise the transition rate of the volunteers into community sport volunteering opportunities.

Sport England are looking for projects that:
  • Test the ability to use major sports events as a catalyst to engage and then support volunteers from all backgrounds to continue their volunteering pathway within sport
  • Will specifically seek to engage volunteers who are not already volunteering within grassroots sport – funding will only be available to projects which aim to support the transition of new (or lapsed) volunteers into grassroots volunteering
  • Provide high quality, meaningful volunteering experiences
  • Can provide appropriate levels of support to volunteers post-event to identify further opportunities for them, which are appropriate to their skills, interests and availability
  • Will engage at least 100 volunteers.

Grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 are available and the fund will be open to new applicants until January 2021.

If you're interested in funding to support a major event volunteering legacy and meet the criteria laid out in Sport England's Investment Guide, please contact Sport England investment advisors to discuss your application idea on 0345 8508 508, or by emailing, using 'Major Event Fund' in the subject line.

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